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Puerto Rico Turns to Donald Trump’s Former Campaign Manager to Lobby the President-Elect on Debt

The hedge funds and insurance companies that want financially strapped Puerto Rico to pay them back in full may have found a new ally: Corey Lewandowski.

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Comments of the Week: Know Your History

The week that included the country’s birthday brought to Truthdig’s comment boards a host of history lessons and discussions that ranged far beyond the material taught in schools.

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Puerto Rico in Crisis as Obama Authorizes Federal Financial Control (Multimedia)

Puerto Ricans took to the streets Thursday to protest what they see as a return to colonialist policy after President Obama signed an emergency measure to put the island’s finances under the oversight of the federal government.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Senate Moves to OK Bill Establishing ‘Colonial Control’ Over Puerto Rico

Lawmakers are likely to approve the creation of a board to manage the island territory’s crippled economy.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Blue Jays-Rangers Brawl Highlights Major League Baseball’s Latino-Anglo Rift

You can argue whether it’s racial or cultural, but tension among the players is real, and integration is not the same as acceptance.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver: We Have to Start Treating Puerto Rico Like an Island of American Citizens (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host outlines the Puerto Rico debt crisis and calls on actor Lin-Manuel Miranda to explain just how dire the situation in the U.S. territory is.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Puerto Rico Will Default on $37 Million in Debt on New Year’s Day

Gov. Alejandro Padilla said the island’s government would do “all [it] can to avoid” the shutdown of vital services.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



Investors and Their Bankers Want Everything From Puerto Rico

Billionaire hedge fund managers have demanded that Puerto Rico lay off teachers, close schools, raise taxes, sell billions of dollars worth of public buildings and drastically cut public spending in order to repay loans and avoid financial default.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Are We Heading for Another Stock Market Crash?

“The signs are ominous,” writes financial journalist Suzanne McGee. Ultimately, we “will need to get accustomed to higher market volatility, of the kind that we saw yesterday.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE



Puerto Rico Is Emptying of People as Its Economy Disintegrates

As Puerto Rico begins to ration water, close schools and lose its health care system under the weight of a $73 billion debt, tens of thousands of its inhabitants are fleeing to the United States, where prospects of finding a better life are dim.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



If You Think What the EU Is Doing to Greece Is Bad, Look at What the U.S. Is Doing to Puerto Rico

The scenario playing out in Puerto Rico sure does feel like déjà vu, with one terrifying difference.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian John Oliver on the Americans Who Still Don’t Even Have the Right to Vote

Inhabitants of U.S. territories, like Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, still don’t have voting rights, and surprisingly these aren’t the only rights some of them are denied.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Uruguay Takes In Several Guantanamo Bay Prisoners After President Mujica’s Offer

After the second time the outgoing Uruguayan President José Mujica urged President Obama to release the “human beings who [are] suffering an atrocious kidnapping at Guantanamo” and reiterated his offer to take several detainees in, the U.S. government obliged.

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America Is the Cause of Its Immigration ‘Problem’

“Civil rights are for blacks,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter said on ABC’s “This Week” during a show on immigration and the Latino vote Sunday. That’s nonsense, says “Democracy Now!” co-host Juan Gonzalez, who along with filmmaker Eduardo Lopez directed a deeply informative film about the root causes of Latin American immigration to the United States.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Giant Columbus Statue ‘Discovers’ Puerto Rican Island

A 20-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus twice the height of the Statue of Liberty may have finally found a home on the shores of an uninhabited Puerto Rican island after first being shunned by several U.S. cities.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Sen. Inhofe Concerned About the Whole Race, Gender Thing

The news that known Latina Sonia Sotomayor may soon join the Supreme Court spurred an apparently alarmed Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to hold forth in a statement on Tuesday about the need to make sure that Sotomayor will be able to mete out justice from her vaunted post without her pesky extra X chromosome or her non-Oklahoman ethnic roots mucking things up for everyone.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Island Catches Clinton Fever

Hillary Clinton scored a huge win in Puerto Rico on Sunday, though she still needs an argument for the superdelegates. The candidate was hoping for major gains in the popular vote, but a local politico tells CNN that Puerto Ricans, who can’t vote in the general election, were less enthusiastic than mainland primary goers: “Most people in Puerto Rico, I would venture to guess, they are not even aware that there’s a primary going on.” Update: Clinton’s fuzzy math.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


Not-So-Super Sunday in Puerto Rico?

After some seriously suspenseful primaries earlier in the year, the general feeling about Sunday’s Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico is far less ... energized, let’s say. In fact, local officials are predicting that a substantial percentage of Puerto Rican voters won’t even show up at the polls.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Un Mensaje Personal a Puerto Rico

Barack Obama brushes up on his Español for this commercial airing in Puerto Rico. The Democratic front-runner trails Hillary Clinton ahead of the island’s Sunday primary.

Posted on May 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Memorial Day: Campaign Trail Edition

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama observed Memorial Day in Puerto Rico and New Mexico, respectively, paying tribute to U.S. military men and women from the past and the present and making their cases for becoming commander in chief.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Angling for Edwards’ Loyal Lawyers

Politics mixed with martinis and swizzle sticks as campaign aides from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s camps infiltrated a Puerto Rican resort in an effort to woo John Edwards’ colleagues and supporters at an annual gathering of top American trial lawyers.  Above, one of the weekend’s political players, Clinton lieutenant Terry McAuliffe.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


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